DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2019, AHMEDABAD, LATE CITY, 18 PAGES `4.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 Move to transfer Delhi High Court’s Justice Muralidhar, stalled by SC judges He delivered verdicts convicting UP PAC in Hashimpura killings and Sajjan Kumar SEEMA CHISHTI NEW DELHI, JANUARY 27 4 HARDLOOK SHORTLY AFTER the sudden, unexplained reversal of the Supreme Court Collegium’s decisions on judicial appointments set off disquiet in the legal fraternity, there was a move in the Collegium to transfer high-profile Justice S Muralidhar out of Delhi High Court, sources have confirmed to The Indian Express. That move has been stalled, as of now, after members of the Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi reportedly advised against it. One of them, Justice M B Lokur, retired recently, and the other, Justice A K Sikri, is due to retire in March. Sources said the proposal could be revived later. Sources told The Indian Express that the move to transfer Justice Muralidhar was discussed twice in this threemember Collegium for postings and transfers in High Courts, in December and in January. Known for his bold pro- Justice S Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court nouncements on communal violence and personal liberty, Justice Muralidhar, especially in 2018, authored many judgments which have been widely discussed. These include the one concerning imprisonment of intellectuals and activists, including Gautam Navlakha, for alleged Maoist links. He delivered the Hashimpura verdict convicting members of UP PAC in the 1986 mass killings. It was a two-judge bench led by him that convicted former Congress MP Sajjan Kumar in a case related to the Sikh riots, in December 2018. The judgment overturned the acquittals and passed stringent comments on tardy prosecution. When the first bid to transfer Justice Muralidhar was made in December, a judge in the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 LEOPARD ATTACKS LURKING TERROR Ayodhya case: Hearing on Tuesday cancelled Nitin Gadkari, Isha Koppikar in Mumbai on Sunday. Express People will thrash leaders who show dreams, don’t fulfill: Gadkari EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JANUARY 27 THE HEARING in the Supreme Court on the Ayodhya case scheduled Tuesday has been “cancelled” due to the “nonavailability” of Justice S A Bobde, one of the judges on the Constitution Bench that has been set up for the matter. “Take notice that due to nonavailability of Hon’ble Mr. Justice S. A. Bobde on 29.01.2019 (Tuesday), sitting of Constitution Bench in Hon’ble Chief Justice’s Court, comprising Hon’ble the Chief Justice, Mr Justice S. A. Bobde, Hon’ble Justice Dr D. Y. Chandrachud, Hon’ble Mr Justice Ashok Bhushan and Hon’ble Mr Justice S. Abdul Nazeer stands cancelled. Therefore, Constitution Bench matter will not be taken up for hearing,” a Supreme Court notice said Sunday. The development comes two days after Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi reconstituted the bench that was to hear the case — after one of the judges on the bench set up earlier this month, Justice U Lalit, recused from hearing it — and fixed January 29 to take up the matter. On January 8, CJI Gogoi had first constituted a five-judge bench comprising himself and Justices Bobde, Lalit, Chandrachud and N V Ramana to hear the appeals challenging CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MR & MRS PATEL EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Patidar quota leader Hardik Patel married Kinjal Patel at a temple in Digsar village of Surendranagar district on Sunday. Javed Raja REPORT, PAGE 3 Justice of India, has said there are two roles which a judge in a democracy is supposed to perform. One is to uphold the law and Constitution and save the democracy. Second is to bridge the gap between law and society. So, therefore, those of you who join judicial fraternity, these are the roles you have to perform in the challenging world.” Justice Sikri attended the meeting of the high-powered committee comprising Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge which decided to transfer CBI director Alok Verma earlier this month. UNION MINISTER and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari on Sunday warned that political leaders who don’t fulfill the dreams they peddle will get “thrashed” by people. “Sapne dikhane waale neta logon ko acche lagte hain, par dikhaye hue sapne agar pure nahi kiye to janta unki pitayi bhi karti hai (People like political leaders who show them dreams. But if those dreams are not fulfilled, the people thrash these leaders),” said Gadkari. “Isliye sapne wahi dikhao jo pure ho sakein. Main sapne dikhane waale mein se nahi hu. Main jo bolta hu, woh 100 per cent danke ki chot par pura hota hai (That is why you must only show dreams that can be fulfilled. I am not among those who show dreams. Whatever I say, I fulfill it 100 per cent),” he said, while addressing a gathering here to launch a new BJP-affiliated transport outfit — the Navbhartiya Shiv Vahatuk Sanghathana (NSVS). CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RALLY IN TAMIL NADU Opp creating mistrust over EWS quota, won’t affect other quota: PM EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE CHENNAI, JANUARY 27 ACCUSING THE Opposition parties of creating an “atmosphere of suspicion and mistrust” for their “selfish interest”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the 10 per cent quota for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) would not impact the existing reservation benefits for Dalits, tribals and OBCs. “The 10 per cent reservation in education and government employment for the poor among the general category... This decision was taken in such a way that it does not impact the reservation already availed by Dalits, tribals and OBCs. But it is unfortunate that an atmosphere of suspicion, and mistrust was created by a section of people in Tamil Nadu for their own selfish interest... All of you should be vigilant about such negativity. Any political thought that opposes the poor cannot benefit anyone,” Modi said while addressing a rally in Madurai. The DMK and some other parties in the state have opposed the 10 per cent quota, saying social backwardness alone should be the criterion for reservation. The DMK has moved the Madras High Court challenging the Constitution amendment on EWS quota. Taking a swipe at the proposed grand alliance of Opposition parties, Modi said the Centre’s efforts against corruption had created a “stir from CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MUMBAI, JANUARY 27 Undergoing transformation... values of democracy at stake: Justice Sikri EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE AHMEDABAD, JANUARY 27 SUPREME COURT judge Justice A K Sikri told a gathering of law graduates on Sunday that the “values of democracy are at stake”. Speaking as chief guest at the ninth convocation of the Gujarat National Law University, Sikri said, “Today, we are undergoing transformation of a different kind. See the world at large. Even the values ofdemocracy, which Greeks gave to this world 2,500 years ago, are at stake...there is a backsliding of democratic values.” “There are so many challenges, which we may be facing, Justice Chandrachud and Justice Sikri at the GNLU convocation, Sunday. Express of a different nature. In all this and in our constitutional scheme, judge has to perform a very vital role. One Ahron Barak, former president of Supreme court of Israel, equal to our Chief WORLD 20 DEAD AS BOMBS TARGET SUNDAY MASS IN PHILIPPINES VENEZUELA LETS US DIPLOMATS STAY PAGE 12 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE CHANDAN HAYGUNDE MUMBAI, JANUARY 27 DAHANU (PALGHAR), JAN 27 WITH THEIR edgy content and crisp storytelling, brothers Sriram Raghavan and Sridhar Raghavan have emerged as one of India’s most exciting filmmakers. An acknowledged screenwriter and director, Sriram has established himself as a master of noir and crime movies even though he has only five feature films to his credit, including Andhadhun, which is hailed by many as the best Hindi movie of 2018. His younger brother, Sridhar, is a sought-after screenwriter as well as a mentor for JUST LIKE the Patthalgarhi movement in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh last year, a few tribal-dominated villages in Dahanu taluka of Palghar district, on the MaharashtraGujarat border, have put up signboards announcing that laws made by Parliament or the State Assembly are not applicable in these areas. The red signboards, put up in public spaces, are titled: “Bharatiya Samvidhan - Panchvi Anusuchit Kshetra (Constitution of India - Fifth Schedule Area). BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PAGE 1 ANCHOR PANJIM, JANUARY 27 ‘AMROHA-DELHI GROUP HANDLER MAY BE FROM PAK’ PAGE 7 BY AMITABH KUNDU PAGE 8 Chennai to Delhi”, and all those who were “used to making bills in government contracts... welfare schemes, are now facing the music.” That was why they were all coming together, he said. “They say that keeping aside all other considerations they must unite to remove this watchman. However big a group CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RELATED REPORT Bid to tackle reservations over EWS quota TWEAKING THE quota system is tricky terrain, given how the eligible sections (SCs, STs, OBCs) have guarded it against any dilution. The introduction of 10 per cent EWS quota for the general category has the potential to create anxiety over whether it will affect the existing reservation benefits. So, ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the government has been using every opportunity to allay such fears. PAGE 11 Bringing home the dead: Govt ties up with Air India for a ‘flat rate’ FOR MANY Indian families whose loved ones died in foreign shores, transporting the mortal remains was a harrowing experience — not only did it take time, it was also very expensive. The challenge was acute in the Middle East, where the Indian population has grown to almost 80 lakh, with a majority being blue-collared workers. Official estimates show about 10 Indians die in this region on an average every day, mostly due to natural causes and in road accidents. But with Indian community leaders raising the issue over the years, and after many rounds of discussions between the Ministry of External Affairs, the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Air India, a solution has finally been arrived at. The government has reached an understanding with Air India that a “flat rate” will be charged from families of the deceased. To begin with, it has negotiated the rate for the six Gulf countries (see box), where the estimated Indian population is significant: UAE (33 lakh Indians), Saudi Arabia (27 lakh), Kuwait (9 lakh), Oman (8 lakh), Qatar (6.5 lakh) and Bahrain (3.5 lakh). Officials said the “flat rate” — for Air India direct flights from earlier this month — is almost 40 per cent lower than the average cost of transfer of bodies from these countries. The transport of bodies of children — less than 12 years old — will cost half the flat rate, officials said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FOR 6 GULF COUNTRIES Flat rate on Air India for bringing a body back: UAE: 1,500 UAE Dirhams (Rs 28,500) SAUDI ARABIA: 2,200 Saudi Riyal (Rs 41,700) A signboard put up in Palghar district. Chandan Haygunde KUWAIT: 175 Kuwaiti Dinar (Rs 40,900) OMAN: 160 Omani Rial (Rs 29,400) Citing Article 244 of the Indian Constitution, related to administration and control of tribaldominated areas identified in the Fifth Schedule, the signboards warn visitors that they are in a scheduled area. QATAR: 2,200 Qatari Riyal (Rs 42,800) BAHRAIN: 225 Bahraini Dinar (Rs 42,500) Note: Approximate figures in rupees based on current exchange rates. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Zero deaths in 2018, Goa targets rabies-free 2020 SMITA NAIR EXPRESS NETWORK WHOSE QUOTA IS IT ANYWAY? NEW DELHI, JANUARY 27 Patthalgarhi-II in Maharashtra district: Signboards warn visitors young writers. On Monday, the Raghavan brothers will be the guests at the Express Adda in Delhi. THE EDITORIAL PAGE SHUBHAJIT ROY Raghavans, filmmakers and brothers, at Express Adda today Sriram Raghavan (left) and Sridhar Raghavan PM Narendra Modi with (from left) Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai, TN Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister E K Palaniswami in Madurai on Sunday. PTI IN 2018, nine-year-old Eknath Ajgaonkar from Guirim in north Goa and seven-year-old Palin Pagi from Canacona in the south, forced their parents to dial a hotline, as they suspected rabiesinfected dogs were on the loose in their village. Two dogs were caught, their samples probed, and both tested positive. Eknath and Palin are no experts, but products of a statebacked three-pronged mass campaign against human deaths due to rabies. “A rabies-infected dog can bite upto 60 times in a lifetime. We look at those vigilante phone calls as our success story,” says Gowri Yale, scientific manager, Mission Rabies, a global umbrella campaign. With 5.2 lakh children and 23,000 school teachers educated on the virus in four years, with close to 1 lakh dogs vaccinated annually, and 106 positive samples between 2017 and 2018, Goa is the first state that did not report a single human death due to rabies last year. It is now on its TRACKING CHANGE» EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at email@example.com way to declare itself rabies free by 2020. The first to congratulate and tweet the effort was Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar — with requests pouring from health departments in DIPPING NUMBERS No. of human deaths due to rabies in Goa: 2014 17 2015 5 2016 1 2017 1 2018 0 Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Ghana. Goa’s findings are also in the early stages of implementa- tion in Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Sri Lanka. Dr Vilas Naik, Assistant Director, Directorate of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, Goa, says the government is now “fully committed” to this exercise. “We have released Rs 1.65 crore since 2015 towards the entire programme... a newly designed post-mortem room and quarantine kennels have been designated for this exercise on the veterinary campus. This year, we are looking at increasing the number of dogs that are ster- ilised along with making vaccination an annual routine exercise,” says Naik. Unlike the WHO process of using human vaccines as a postbite measure, the Goa model looks for complete elimination of the virus, by expanding the coverage of the anti-virus vaccination and sterlisation of dogs. It was in 2012 that Dr Luke Gamble, a UK-based veterinarian with the charity organisation Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS), identified India as a hotspot for rabies deaths. “Death estimates then was 20,000 across India due to rabies,” says Dr Murugan Appupillai, Director of Education, Mission Rabies, India. In 2015, 14 states were chosen, but even as the others progressed slowly — in Jharkhand, due to the Naxal threat, for instance — Goa was chosen as a pilot state. “With international and domestic tourist footfall, and with water as a natural barrier preventing easy migration of dogs, Goa was an obvious choice,” says Appupillai. In 2014, when Mission Rabies volunteers from abroad CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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